2 Chronicles 31
Idols Are Destroyed1 Now when all this was finished, all Israel who were present went out to the cities of Judah a broke the pillars in pieces, cut down the ▼
▼ I.e. wooden symbols of a female deityAsherim and pulled down the high places and the altars throughout all Judah and Benjamin, as well as in Ephraim and Manasseh ▼
▼ Lit even to completionuntil they had destroyed them all. Then all the sons of Israel returned to their cities, each to his possession. 2 And Hezekiah appointed d the divisions of the priests and the Levites by their divisions, each according to his service, both the priests and the Levites e for burnt offerings and for peace offerings, to minister and to give thanks and to praise in the gates of the camp of the Lord.
Reforms Continued3 He also appointed f the king’s portion of his goods for the burnt offerings, namely, for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths and for the new moons and for the fixed festivals, g as it is written in the law of the Lord. 4 Also he ▼
▼ Lit said tocommanded the people who lived in Jerusalem to give i the portion due to the priests and the Levites, that they might devote themselves to j the law of the Lord. 5 As soon as the ▼
▼ Lit wordorder spread, the sons of Israel provided in abundance the first fruits of grain, new wine, oil, honey and of all the produce of the field; and they brought in abundantly l the tithe of all. 6 The sons of Israel and Judah who lived in the cities of Judah also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and m the tithe of ▼
▼ Lit consecrated thingssacred gifts which were consecrated to the Lord their God, and placed them in heaps. 7 In the third month they began to ▼
▼ Lit foundmake the heaps, and finished them by the seventh month. 8 When Hezekiah and the rulers came and saw the heaps, they blessed the Lord and p His people Israel. 9 Then Hezekiah questioned the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps. 10 Azariah the chief priest q of the house of Zadok said to ▼
▼ Lit him, and he saidhim, s “Since the contributions began to be brought into the house of the Lord, we have had enough to eat with plenty left over, for the Lord has blessed His people, and this great quantity is left over.” 11 Then Hezekiah commanded them to prepare t rooms in the house of the Lord, and they prepared them. 12 They faithfully brought in the contributions and the tithes and the consecrated things; and Conaniah the Levite was the officer in charge u of them and his brother Shimei was second. 13 Jehiel, Azaziah, Nahath, Asahel, Jerimoth, Jozabad, Eliel, Ismachiah, Mahath and Benaiah were overseers ▼
▼ Lit from the hand ofunder the authority of Conaniah and Shimei his brother by the appointment of King Hezekiah, and w Azariah was the chief officer of the house of God. 14 Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the keeper of the eastern gate, was over the freewill offerings of God, to apportion the contributions for the Lord and the most holy things. 15 ▼
▼ Lit under his handUnder his authority were y Eden, Miniamin, Jeshua, Shemaiah, Amariah and Shecaniah in z the cities of the priests, to distribute faithfully their portions to their brothers by divisions, whether great or small, 16 without regard to their genealogical enrollment, to the males from ▼
▼ Heb three, ab thirty years old and upward— everyone who entered the house of the Lord ac for his daily obligations— for their work in their duties according to their divisions; 17 as well as the priests who were enrolled genealogically according to their fathers’ households, and the Levites ad from twenty years old and upwards, by their duties and their divisions. 18 The genealogical enrollment included ▼
▼ Lit with allall their little children, their wives, their sons and their daughters, for the whole assembly, for they consecrated themselves ▼
▼ Lit in their faithfulnessfaithfully in holiness. 19 Also for the sons of Aaron the priests who were in ag the pasture lands of their cities, or in each and every city ah there were men who were designated by name to distribute portions to every male among the priests and to everyone genealogically enrolled among the Levites. 20 Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah; and ai he did what was good, right and true before the Lord his God. 21 Every work which he began in the service of the house of God in law and in commandment, seeking his God, he did with all his heart and aj prospered.
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